Bioinformatics with Systems Biology (MSc)

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

One year full-time or two years part-time

Attendance

Two afternoons and two evenings a week full-time or two evenings a week part-time, October to September

Other entry years for this course

2017

This specialist postgraduate degree provides you with high-quality postgraduate training in bioinformatics. It provides a foundation for the development of essential bioinformatics knowledge and skills, as well as an introduction to the emerging field of systems biology. The course is run in parallel with an MRes course that includes a larger research component.

The programme is designed for students from a range of scientific backgrounds, who want to pursue research training in the interdisciplinary field of bioinformatics and systems biology. It is relevant to those seeking a future career in both academia and industry.

On successful completion of this programme, students from all backgrounds should be able to:

  • understand the core concepts and statistical fundamentals that underpin the field of bioinformatics, most notably in the area of sequence analysis
  • program in Python, and design and query databases using SQL. Experience of more advanced programming practices (such as software testing and application development) will also be gained.
  • explain core biological concepts (such as genes and genomes, protein structure and function) and growth areas such as Next Generation Sequencing and (at least at an introductory level) systems modelling.

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Highlights

  • Provides training in bioinformatics and systems biology - both these areas have grown dramatically in the last two decades.
  • Aims to meet the present needs of the pharmaceutical, chemical and biotechnology industries for research and development.
  • Part of the Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, a joint initiative with University College London and a major biology research hub in the heart of London.
  • Access to online learning materials, computer laboratories and multimedia seminar rooms.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), in a joint submission with UCL, Biological Sciences at Birkbeck were ranked 11th in the UK, with a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.
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Course structure

The programme is made up of eight half-modules.

A third of the programme is devoted to a practical research project. Research areas include: genome analysis; analysis of next-generation sequencing data; immunoinformatics; microarray analysis; molecular modelling; biological database design; structural data analysis; and biomedical text mining.

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